Lynn Carnes

Facing the Blank Page

It happened again. The blank sheet of beautiful, white watercolor paper stared me in the face, daring me to transform it into a masterpiece. After going to the Celebration of the Arts in Scottsdale last month, I’ve been looking forward to transitioning my art studio from the winter work of pottery to the summer work […]

Breakdown or Break it Down

A lot of my coaching conversations come around to some form of breakdown. Whether it’s a broken promise, an unexpected decision or correcting a mistake, breakdowns seem like impediments to achieving our goals. Even the word breakdown indicates a breakdown is a problem. It makes me think about being stuck on the side of the […]

Where Money Fits

NOTE: A lot of my writing energy these days is going into finishing Dancing The Tightrope. The book is coming together in its own time. This week, I’m sharing another excerpt from the book. After one of my sessions in a multi-day leadership program, one of the men in the room pulled me aside and […]

Rough Waters Make Good Sailors: 2 Years Later

Two years ago this week, we started going into the first lockdowns of the COVID 19 pandemic. In the ensuing two years, we’ve had plenty of rough waters. I’m reposting the blog I wrote then, because it seems like a good time to reflect. Where are you stronger today than you were because of the “rough […]

We Need Each Other

Last week I took my first red eye flight in over 20 years. Taking overnight flights used to be the norm when I worked in a bank with a West Coast presence. Notwithstanding the exhaustion, I would land at 6:00 am, go home to shower and change and be in the office for a full […]

After the Clarity Comes the Resistance

Originally published Jan 31 2020 When I was in high school, I created a huge “mural” in my bedroom that was at least as big as my bedroom door. On it were pictures I cut and pasted from magazines. Hundreds of pictures, all slammed together into this huge piece of paper. Seriously, there was no […]